Manila Bulletin : Comelec says authorized representatives may file COCs of COVID-positive aspirants

News & Interviews
3 October 2021

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said those positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may file their certificates of candidacy (COCs) or Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance (CONAa) via their duly authorized representative.

“All aspirants, including the Chairperson/President/Secretary General of the Party-List Group, should be urged/advised to prepare a readily available Sworn Authority to File COC/CON-CAN, naming therein their respective authorized representatives to file the COC and CON CAN, in case they tested positive for COVID19 or identified as a close contact with any person who was tested positive for COVID19 and on quarantine or isolation, or located in an area under a strict quarantine category or under a granular lockdown during the period for the filing of COC/CONA and CON-CAN,” the poll body said in Minute Resolution No. 21-1142.

“If the aspirant, Chairperson/ President/Secretary General of the Party-List Group, was tested positive for COVID19 or identified as a close contact with any person who was tested positive for COVID19 and on quarantine or isolation, resides in an area under a granular lockdown, their respective representatives may file the COC/CONA and the CON-CAN,” it further read.

The poll body said all the authorized representatives shall then be required to submit a Sworn Authority to File COC or CONA.

It added that the authorized representative should not be identified as a close contact with any person who has tested positive for COVID19, and on quarantine or isolation.

The authorized representative, the poll body said, must also not come from an area under a granular lockdown.

The Comelec has set the COC filing period for the May 2022 polls from Oct. 1 to 8, 2021.